MSI GeForce GTX 660 HAWK 2GB Review

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8 – GTX 660 HAWK Conclusion

MSI’s GeForce GTX 660 HAWK is an excellent product. The VGA cooler is very efficient coupled with a noiseless working. The strong power circuitry gives more headroom for overclocking and makes NVIDIA GPU Boost life easier (more power == higher clock speed). For $250, you have a fast, quiet and robust out of the box overclocked GTX 660 fast card that handles flawlessly any 3D app. And for my particular needs, I appreciate the triple temperature monitoring… 😉


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MSI GeForce GTX 660 HAWK

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  • Licaon_Kter

    Unigine Heaven has a lower score under Linux ONLY when using AA, it’s a known thing and they did not bother to fix it, so yeah, comparisons are useless, try without AA, with Tess: Extreme and they’re on the same level.

  • Thanks Licaon_Kter, I’ll do again the Heaven benchmark without AA. It’s time I release my new tests under linux and win….

  • I just tested with the following settings:

    – 1920×1080 fullscreen
    – no AA
    – 16x aniso.
    – shaders: high

    – Tessellation: extreme
    Windows: 50.7 FPS, Scores: 1278
    Linux: 36.3 FPS, Scores: 915

    – Tessellation: normal
    Windows: 65.9 FPS, Scores: 1660
    Linux: 49.3 FPS, Scores: 1243…


  • Licaon_Kter

    On my plain GTX460/700/3600, tested with the same settings for Heaven 3.0:
    -1920×1080 fullscreen
    -no AA
    -16x aniso.
    -shaders: high
    -tess: extreme
    -Linux 310.14 / Windows 310.33 & 306.97

    Linux: 23.4 / 589 / 12.1 / 59.3
    WOGL: 23.4 / 588 / 11.9 / 61.2
    WDX11: 24.6 / 619 / 12.5 / 66.6

    That’s just ~5% difference…

    Either you forgot to disable VSync (as it’s enabled by default on Linux) or there is something else at fault, like your DE/WM compositor, etc.

  • I tested with Heaven 2.1, maybe that could explain the difference. I’ll try with Heaven 3.0 as you did.